Whether it’s misinformation on the internet or little lies we tell ourselves, most of what we think we know about hearing loss is wrong. The hearing health professionals at Live Better Hearing want to clear the air of the most common misconceptions about hearing loss and give you the facts about hearing loss and hearing aids.
Myth 1: Most people realize it when they lose their hearing
With the exception of sudden hearing loss, most people don’t even realize they have lost their ability to hear for about seven years. That’s because hearing loss occurs so gradually that you don’t recognize it. You may complain about people mumbling or your family might complain about the sound level on the TV. Either way, it’s a clear sign that your ability to hear has decreased without your notice.
Myth 2: Wearing hearing aids won’t improve your life
When you think of hearing aids, you may think of old analog technology and devices that don’t do much more than amplify sound to increase volume. No wonder you think that wearing hearing aids won’t improve your quality of life. Modern digital hearing aids include enhancements such as directional microphones to simulate natural hearing. When you wear hearing aids, you prevent the onset of dementia and engage more fully in life.
Myth 3: You should put off wearing hearing aids as long as possible
This myth goes hand-in-hand with the myth that hearing aids cause hearing loss. Nothing could be further from the truth. Wearing hearing aids when hearing loss is detected helps preserve your ability to hear. The longer your brain goes without auditory stimulation, the harder it is to adjust once the stimulation returns. You should NOT put off wearing hearing aids as long as possible.
Myth 4: Off-the-shelf devices to increase volume are just as effective as hearing aids
Everyone has seen the ads for the devices that hook to your tv and allow you to increase the volume without disturbing the other people in the room. These devices aren’t a substitute for hearing aids and, in fact, can damage the hearing you have left. In addition, the internet is full of wearable amplification devices. These are not a substitute for hearing aids. Better hearing requires more than simply turning up the volume. You need digital processing to make speech clearer and suppress background noise as well as programs that allow you to hear in a variety of settings. No two people hear the same and off the shelf devices just can’t provide a customized listening experience.
Myth 5: Most people don’t adjust to hearing aids
You’ve probably heard the story about someone’s friend or family member that purchased hearing aids only to throw them in a drawer. This should be a very rare occurrence and only the result of improper evaluation and fitting. A trained hearing professional matches the wearer’s lifestyle, and hearing needs to the technology. Then they painstakingly fine-tune the devices until sound is provided exactly how the wearer wants to hear it. But that’s just the beginning. Then, just like wearing glasses takes a period of adjustment, new hearing aid wearers need a program for adjusting to their technology. The skilled professionals at Live Better Hearing aren’t happy until you are happy with your devices. We’ll adjust until you hear clearly and effortlessly.
Myth 6: Hearing aids make you look old
Old people wear hearing aids and when you wear hearing aids you look old. Nothing could be further from the truth. You probably see people every day that wear hearing aids, you just don’t know it. Modern digital hearing aids come in so many compact and discreet styles you won’t see them when you look in the mirror and your friends and family won’t even know you have them on. From devices that it completely in the canal to those worn behind the ear, Live Better Hearing offers a wide range of discrete hearing devices.
Myth 7: You only need one hearing aid
You may have heard that you can save money purchasing hearing aids if you only purchase one device.
That makes as much sense as buying one contact lens to correct your vision. Your brain uses input from 2 ears to help you identify a sound as well as identify where the sound originates. It takes input from both ears to help you keep your balance. If you have hearing loss in both ears (binaural hearing loss) then you need to wear two hearing aids.
Myth 8: Hearing aids are very expensive
What’s the price of hearing your grandchild’s voice or the sound of an oncoming car when you step into traffic? Hearing is priceless and the value provided by hearing technology far outweighs the cost. Worried about buyer’s remorse? Try a Unitron Flex:trial at Live Better Hearing. You’ll have a risk-free trial period to see how you can’t put a price on the value of better hearing.